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  •  Sadly, it won't (4+ / 0-)

    Arizona whites are proving themselves as extremist as any in the Deep South, perhaps actually moreso.

    These are elected officials who are winning supermajorities of white voters.

    So I don't see any backfire.

    That reality is what makes me scratch my head not just that Arizona is an emerging battleground state, but that polling even now is reasonably close for Obama.  That doesn't look consistent with so many of the state's voters themselves being such embarrassments to humanity.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Fri May 18, 2012 at 10:05:45 AM PDT

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    •  Eh, I think it has a lot of swing voters... (3+ / 0-)
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      In some of the less insane parts of Maricopa County, and especially in Pima County.

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      by SaoMagnifico on Fri May 18, 2012 at 10:31:58 AM PDT

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      •  They all voted for these racist thugs (3+ / 0-)
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        The typical swing voter isn't willing to vote for someone who talks like they do.

        And I bet if these guys were up for reelection this November, they'd win even after their revealing their own racist birtherism.

        Honestly, I've lost a lot of respect for Arizonans as a people the past couple years.  It's one thing to vote in racists and xenophobes and conspiracy theorists once, when they didn't know what they were getting, but they keep reelecting these people, too.

        44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Fri May 18, 2012 at 11:00:05 AM PDT

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        •  Remember, most typical swing voters... (5+ / 0-)

          Didn't vote in 2010. So with them back in the voter pool now alongside thousands of new Latino voters, Obama IMHO has a real chance of winning Arizona.

        •  AZ (10+ / 0-)

          As recently as 2008 Janet Napolitano was a second-term governor and Terry Goddard a second-term attorney general, and Ann Kirkpatrick, Harry Mitchell, and Gabby Giffords were all elected with room to spare in majority-white House districts. They elected a bunch of knuckleheads in 2010 but were hardly alone in that. Since then the GOP has gone stone cold crazy even by AZ GOP standards, but we don't know yet whether the voters will punish them for that because there haven't been any elections yet. I'd reserve judgment until November. Don't be surprised if the House delegation ends up 5D-4R and the Dems flip a bunch of seats in the state legislature.

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          by sacman701 on Fri May 18, 2012 at 11:16:00 AM PDT

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        •  Maricopa has consistently (1+ / 0-)
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          reelected Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and polls even showed this horrible person, who is not only corrupt and flagrantly disobeys the law, but who has been cited by Amnesty International and other human rights groups for the way he runs his prisons, and frequently makes terrible comments towards illegal immigrants that are racist stereotypes and who unfairly targets hispanics, would have easily won statewide office any time he wanted to in the past decade, except perhaps against Nepalitano in 2006. That is a repulsive state.

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          by ArkDem14 on Fri May 18, 2012 at 12:40:30 PM PDT

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          •  well that county (4+ / 0-)

            hasn't voted for a Dem since freaking Harry Truman back in 1948!

            “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.”- President Eisenhower

            by lordpet8 on Fri May 18, 2012 at 02:31:37 PM PDT

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            •  the problem is that there's too many (1+ / 0-)
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              whites moving into AZ. When the number of whites decrease, it usually means that its easier to win. It's no coincidence that after 1990 the white population of CA began decreasing dramatically just as the state took a left turn. Maybe a lot the white people who hated CA moved to AZ? I think Brewer herself might be from CA.

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              by demographicarmageddon on Fri May 18, 2012 at 03:55:01 PM PDT

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          •  Maricopa County (2+ / 0-)
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            Has about half the population of the entire state, and there's a lot more to the county than Phoenix or Tempe.

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            by HoosierD42 on Fri May 18, 2012 at 03:29:06 PM PDT

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